PERTH has broken records for both its hottest August day and hottest winter day, with the mercury reaching 28 degrees shortly before 1pm.
Sunny weather was predicted today with a 27 degree maximum but Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature reached 28.7 degrees at 1.10pm.
Duty forecaster Darryl Vink said yesterday it was more than likely that today’s weather would smash the previous record, which was 27.8 degrees in 1940.
“We don’t normally see days this warm until September, it’s unusual for August for sure,” he said.
🌡️ Records have tumbled today! 🌡️#Perth has broken both the hottest August day (since 1940) & hottest winter day (since 1965), currently 28.6°C. Many suburbs including #Swanbourne #Jandakot #Guildford & #Rottnest have also had their hottest August day on record ☀️☀️ pic.twitter.com/dl26flMV78
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) August 28, 2019
But it’s not all sunshine and roses, with today’s record temperature to be followed by rain from Thursday to Sunday.
“We’re likely to have a week of cold fronts and showers,” he said.
Mr Vink said the monthly rainfall average was also under for this month but still had a couple of days left with the predicted rain.
“We’ve had about 77 mm so far this month,” he said.
“That will change as of the weekend, those figures would pick up.
“We would need to get roughly 20-40 mL to get up to our average but we’re still well below our means.”
The chart for Wed shows warm NE’ly air being directed over the west coast. This could lead to some very high temps, and the 27°C for #Perth will be close to the August record for Mt Lawley of 27.2°C. The highest ever for #Perth is 27.8°C (21/8/1940) https://t.co/EFmMeKpia7 pic.twitter.com/qnJ0FEGuIw
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) August 26, 2019